Key to this project is the inclusion of sustainable features, creating a low carbon community that is ecologically efficient. As such, an extensive network for walking and cycling is set to be constructed throughout the entire development in an effort to reduce carbon-emitting forms of transport. This green infrastructure will combine with major renewal sites and wetland ecology schemes to lower water demands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is hoped that the development of the Xixi Wetland International Tourism Region will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city.
Woods Bagot Senior Associate, Ian Hau, said: “Our priority in the planning for the Xixi Wetland International Tourism region first and foremost is the preservation of what’s already spectacularly unique about the region, its intrinsic beauty, elevating Xixi’s profile to that of Hangzhou’s premiere destination, Westlake. The landscape design for the new development is complimentary of the Hangzhou wetlands, immersing it within what is already present.”